Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to leave Real Madrid this summer, according to a report in Portugal.
A Bola’s front page on Friday led with their story which claims that the former Manchester United forward is ‘outraged’ after being accused of evading €14.7 million (£13m) in tax by Spanish prosecutors.
The report also claims that Ronaldo’s decision to leave the Spanish champions is ‘irreversible’ and the player has already informed Madrid president Florentino Perez of his desire to quit.
Earlier this week, the prosecutor’s office in Madrid confirmed that a lawsuit has been filed against the 32-year-old.
Ronaldo has since been asked about the charges levied against him and replied: ‘I have a clear conscience.’
Madrid have also released a statement confirming that they have ‘full confidence’ in the Portuguese forward being able to prove his innocence.
The prosecutor’s office in Madrid is accusing Ronaldo of using a ‘business structure’ to hide the income received from image rights between 2011 and 2014.
Ronaldo is currently on international duty with Portugal as the national team are making their final preparations for this summer’s Confederations Cup.
The 32-year-old signed a five-year contract extension in November and helped guide Madrid to the La Liga title and the Champions League last season.
Real Madrid’s response to Ronaldo fraud charge
‘Real Madrid C.F have full confidence in our player Cristiano Ronaldo, who we understand has acted in accordance with legality regarding the fulfilment of his fiscal obligations.
‘Since his arrival at Real Madrid C.F in July 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo has always shown a clear will to fulfil all his tax obligations.
‘Real Madrid C.F. are absolutely convinced that our player Cristiano Ronaldo will prove his total innocence in this process.
‘Real Madrid C.F. hope that justice is done as quickly as possible so that his innocence can be proven as soon as possible.’
Since leaving Manchester United in 2009, Ronaldo has become Madrid’s all-time leading scorer with 406 goals in 394 appearances.
Last month, Ronaldo was linked with a return to Old Trafford, while Paris Saint-Germain also made an approach to sign him last summer.